Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tigard Library Celebrates 50 Years of Book Bliss

Step back into 1963 at our
blast-from-the-past birthday bash!

Rock out with Oregon’s famed nostalgia band Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Get a taste of the ‘60s with a handful of Chex Mix and discover the Library’s lively past. Tell us about your Tigard library history.

It’s a happening…with cake!

Music and history: George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room

Crafts and games: Puett Room

Food and drink: Library Lobby

Additional parking will be available after 1:30 p.m. at the Tigard Christian Church across the street.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kid Lit Celebrations!

2013 is an important year as it marks the anniversary of many very important books that have made a huge impact in the world of children's literature.  Here's some books that I bet you didn't know were celebrating some big milestones this year:
  • It's the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (this celebrates the first publication of the British edition)
  • Patricia Polacco is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Keeping Quilt
  • Roald Dahl’s darling 5-year-old genius Matilda  is marking her 25th anniversary
  • Celebrating its golden 50th anniversary this year is Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever
  • Also marking its 50th anniversary this year is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are which won the 1964 Caldecott Medal.
  • Annother golden anniversary goes to Leo Lionni’s beloved Swimmy which received a 1964 Caldecott Honor Award
  • It's the 70th anniversary of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • And finally, Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon will be celebrating its 75th anniversary
Happy Anniversary to these wonderful children's books!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Let's celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on by making mini-altars and skeleton puppets, decorating sugar skulls, and making tissue paper marigolds. We'll enjoy hot cocoa and pan de muertos, too! Join us in the Puett Room Sunday, October 27 from 1:30-2:30. This program is for all ages.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Book Sale Time!

The Friends of the Tigard Public Library present their fall Book Sale!  Come to the Burgess Community Room located inside the library during the following times for some teriffic book bargains:

Friday October 25th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday October 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Bag Sale, October 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the circulation desk at the library for a 50 cent off coupon, one per person (does not apply to the bag sale on Sunday).  See you there!

Monday, October 21, 2013

**Important Costume Parade Parking Info**

This Friday, October 25, at 10:15 and 11:15 will be our 4th Annual Costume Parade in Family Story Time! Unfortunately, I neglected to mention that the Book Sale will be happening at the same time. Overflow parking is at City Hall, so please allow plenty of time. Please, please pass this information on to other friends who may be attending.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Choose Kind!

October is Bully Prevention Month.  Just one act of kindness can make an impact.  Join the national movement to Choose Kind, inspired by the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  This is the inspiring fictional story of the incredible ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive.  He goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan.  Here he endures the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Random House, the publisher of the book has launched a campaign for readers across the globe to Choose Kind.  Here you can sign a pledge to be kind, find book resources, and learn more about the author, R.J. Palacio. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lego Construction Zone - October

Join us this Sunday October 20, for Lego(R) Construction Zone. The fun begins at 1:30pm and continues until 3:00pm. This program is for all ages.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's Pumpkin Time!

Kids ages 4 & up are invited to a pumpkin craft weekend adventure!  On Saturday October 12th, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. we'll be making pumpkin masks, ornaments, magnets, and perhaps, just maybe, there might me some pumpkin decorating involved too!  So come celebrate the harvest season with this bright orange ornamental object of fall.  And be sure to come prepared to get messy!!! (with permanent markers that is!)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Long, Long Line

Do you or your child find it frustrating to wait in a really long line?  Why not try the book The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura.  Here's a line up of 50 animals (from smallest to largest) waiting in line for a ride on a "Jumbo Coaster".  I can't give the details away about this ride, but as you turn the pages, the intensity builds to see what all the excitement is about.  Surely once you get to the end of the line, your child will want to get back in line all over again!

Friday, October 4, 2013

More Great Websites for Kids

The Great Websites for Kids Committee (from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) has announced six new sites for inclusion in Great Websites for Kids. They are as follows:

BBC Primary History
This is a great history site for primary grades to learn basic information about a few specific periods in history and the people of the era. This visual site does a great job of including timelines and biographical information in a way that younger learners can understand and enjoy. The website is designed like a toybox and will allow children to really "explore" the different topics.
The US Government's website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or researching your latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.

Mi Heroe (Spanish site "My Hero" project)
My Hero is a project to celebrate the best of humanity. Students can add to the project by submitting their own essays about their heroes. Mi héroe es un proyecto para celebrar lo mejor de la humanidad. Los estudiantes pueden aportar al proyecto por presentar sus propios ensayos sobre sus heroes.

Smithsonian Kids
Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more…many of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
A wide range of genetic terms are explained thoroughly but concisely by leading experts in the field. Multimedia elements include downloadable pdf’s, audio clips with explanations of terms, and 3D models.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Are you speaking to me?

Interactive books are one of the best ways to get your children excited about reading. Whether it’s finding Waldo or hunting for the answers to clues, books that ask the reader to do (or not do) something are enticing and can reinforce the love of reading. Two such books are Warning: do not open thisbook by Adam Lehrhaupt and Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  You'll have more fun reading these titles than five monkeys in a tree.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

75 Years of the Caldecott

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award. (1938-2013). I have to admit, this is my FAVORITE children's book award!The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Stop by the Children's Room at the library and check out a Caldecott Medal or Honor book from one of the many books we have on display. We've also got a quiz too! See if you can match an illustration to the title of a book from recent medal and honor books. Complete the quiz then turn it in to the children's desk to be entered into a darwing to win a fabulous prize. The last day to turn in completed quizes is October 29th. For a complete list of winners, click here.

So come celebrate 75 years of the Caldecott Award at the library!